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Carbon Farming

Video and soil sculpture that shows how regenerative agriculture and carbon farming build healthy soil, reduce the need for petroleum-based fertilizers, and fight global warming. Visitors can watch videos from Kiss the Ground and 4 per 1000 through peepholes on fruit crates, which graphically represent conventional agriculture. A six-foot tall soil sculpture show how plant, fungi, and soil sequester carbon.

As a freelance designer on this project, I collaborated with a team of recent ITP graduates to develop multi-media installations of the most inspiring approaches to combat the climate crisis, as part of the Solutions Zone at Coal + Ice Photography and Documentary exhibition. Climate advocacy organizations, climate activists, and scholars helped us hone the areas presented. I also coordinated with the San Francisco Parks department, who provided plants for the exhibit and videos about their stewardship programs, and SolarReserve, who lent us a model of their solar thermal energy plant and media.

Fruit crates with a large column of soil in the background

Soil plays an important part in earth's carbon cycles. As plants absorb carbon from the air and trade it with microbes and fungi in the soil, carbon is effectively sequestered. Farming techniques like Regenerative Agriculture, Permaculture, and Carbon Farming all describe methods of farming that reinforce these natural cycles, and can undo some of the damage already done by industrial farming practices.

A lot of visitors and one visitor looking inside a fruit crate Still of video playing inside a fruit crate Fruit crate label detail Detail of soil sculpture vinyl graphics